These sticky cranberry cocktail sausages are the highlight of Christmas in my house. We make these cranberry and sweet chilli cocktail sausages as often as we can and they never last long. Sweet and juicy cranberries with a spicy chilli glaze really makes these sticky cocktail sausages the best of Christmas party food.
Cranberry is one of my favourite festive flavours. The sharpness pairs perfectly with the sticky, salty and sweet cocktail sausages. Mix that in with a sweet chilli kick and you’re on to some winning party food.
Why you’ll love this Sticky Cranberry Sausages recipe
These sticky cranberry sausages combine a mix of flavours to make the perfect Christmas cocktail sausages.
Sticky Cranberry Sausages are dangerously moreish. You won’t be able to just have one.
Small cocktail sausages make for perfect party food, the sticky cranberry sausages are ideal finger food for New years eve or to pair with leftovers on Boxing day. You will definitely need a napkin or two as they are super sticky.
You can adapt the flavours of these Sticky Cranberry cocktail Sausages to your liking, fancy less heat? Reduce the sweet chilli, or maybe if you’re not a fan of the deep flavour then just make remove the soy sauce to make a richer cranberry sticky chilli cocktail sausage.
Sticky Cranberry Sausages – Top Questions
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They wouldn’t be cranberry sausages without a healthy dollop of cranberry sauce. I love using a well-set cranberry sauce for this recipe, but if you prefer you can make your own by following my homemade cranberry sauce recipe. As it’s getting mixed together it doesn’t matter too much at all.
This is a great recipe for leftover cranberry sauce cocktail sausages.
SWEET CHILLI SAUCE
Perfectly sweet and with a kick, I adore using sweet chilli to level up my Christmas party food. Making Sweet Chilli cocktail sausages is a great way to introduce some heat to your party food.
Sticky cranberry cocktail sausages would be incomplete without the delicious soy sauce.
Sticky sausages honey soy are amazing this time of year and they are easy to make, this recipe is based on Nigella’s cocktail sausages. Which are almost as good as these. Mine have a lot more orange flavours.
I prefer to use fresh cocktail sausages for this sweet chilli cocktail Sausages recipe.
Frozen cocktail sausages can have a bit more moisture for the sticky chilli sauce, but frozen still works well. Plus if they aren’t frozen you can eat them even quick. No need to wait for them to defrsoted.
How to make Sticky Cranberry Sausages – step by step
Combine your leftover cranberry sauce / jam with the sweet chilli sauce.
Measure out your soy sauce and your brown sugar, this helps to make the marinade extra sticky and sweet.
You’ll also want to mix all the ingredients together at this point to make it easier to pour over your marinade.
Add a quick squeeze of lime to up the tangy flavour and pour in your orange juice. Pour the orange juice slowly and little by little so as not to make your Sticky cranberry marinade too runny.
Stir gently to combine the ingredients and get ready to pour/spread them over your Christmas cocktail sausages.
Once your cocktail sausages are well covered, bake them for the allotted time in the recipe below and enjoy!
Just don’t forget to let them cool a little before diving in as the marinade can stay very hot.
Make the marinade and mix it with the sausages in advance. They will last well in the fridge for a day or so. A great get ahead party food. From the fridge you can pour the mix into an oven proof dish and bake.
Freeze your leftover cranberry sausages to enjoy on New Years of even into January, they freeze really well and taste just as good after being reheated.
Sticky cranberry cocktail sausages can be served either hot or cold, personally I like them hot but they are delicious either way. I don’t think I’ve ever left them alone long enough to let them get cold.
As they are so sticky you will need some tooth picks or napkins to give your guests as you eat them.
These sticky cranberry cocktail sausages are the perfect Christmas sausages party food. They are easy to make and even easier to eat!
You can serve them as they are (hot or cold) or you could serve them on a spread with Christmas Sausages Rolls or if you’re really enjoying the sweet chilli, why not serve the sticky sausages honey soy with Sweet chilli Sausage Rolls.
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Substitutions and variations for Sticky Cranberry Sausages
CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL SAUSAGES
Add some festive spice to your cranberry cocktail sausages by including a pinch of ground cinnamon in your mix.
This rich, sweet Christmas flavour pairs perfectly with the cranberries and sweet chilli.
VEGAN STICKY COCKTAIL SAUSAGES
Simply swap out the cocktail sausages for your favourite meat-free alternative. You can use Quorn cocktail sausages or use the same marinade for Tofu. Cranberry Sausages are the best of Christmas flavours.
GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL SAUSAGES
Ensure you’re using a gluten-free soy sauce and double-check that your cocktail sausages don’t contain any cereals then simply follow the recipe as normal. This recipe for gluten-free Christmas party food is really easy to follow.
Storing Sticky Cranberry Sausages / Making ahead of time options
Make ahead by adding all the ingredients to a bowl and letting it marinade for up to a day. then just pour them into a baking tray and cook.
Freeze the marinated sausages for up to 3 months. Allow to fully defrost and then cook as per the instructions.
Can you reheat cocktail sausages?
Yes, you can reheat cocktail sausages as long as they are piping hot all the way through and they have been kept in the fridge beforehand. Reheated cocktail sausages are just as tasty as freshly cooked ones.
Can you Marinade Cocktail Sausages?
You can easily marinade cocktail sausages by making your flavour-packed marinade and spreading it across the cocktail sausages before you cook them in the oven. The cocktail sausages absorb the flavour while they cook.
How can I use leftover cranberry sauce?
You can use leftover cranberry sauce by making stick cranberry cocktail sausages. That’s an easy recipe that combines your leftover cranberry sauce and classic Christmas party food.
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Sticky Cranberry Cocktail Sausages
- 30 (30) cocktail sausages
- 60 ml (60 ml) sweet chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) cranberry sauce (heaped tablespoon)
- 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon (2 tablespoon) orange juice
- small pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- 0.5 (0.5) lime juice
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC/ 392ºF/ Gas mark 6.
- In a measuring jug add the 60ml sweet chilli sauce, 1 heaped tablespoon cranberry sauce, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice and juice of half a lime. Plus the cinnamon if you want to make it extra christmassy.
- Mix the sauce together until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add a layer of aluminium foil to a baking tray and put the sausages on it.
- Pour the marinade sauce mixture over the sausages and turn the sausages to coat them.
- Cook in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Turn after 20 minutes.
- Make ahead by adding all the ingredients to a bowl and letting it marinade for up to a day. then just pour them into a baking tray and cook.
- Freeze the marinated sausages for up to 3 months. Allow to fully defrost and then cook as per the instructions.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.